For example, just a couple of weeks ago I had never tried chiropractic treatments. Frankly, I didn't even know how to spell it, much less know anything about what it involves. And for years I paid no attention to it at all as a possible treatment for my ailments. I was likely indoctrinated by traditional medical practitioners who convinced me that it wasn't 'real medicine' no matter that millions of people relied on chiropractic treatments for ailments that regular doctors could not successfully treat.
Because of my Sweetie, who was being successfully treated by a chiropractor for an ongoing and painful leg injury, I too became a believer. I wrote about it below in an earlier post.
Well, eventually, even the chiropractor could not completely rid me of some back pain that appears to have resulted from a worn out mattress. So we ended up purchasing a new, hi-tech, mattress that offers considerably more support for my large body than the old mattress. Even so, I still have some residual pain that I would like to see gone so that I can return to my exercise program.
So today she presented me with a visit to a local acupuncturist. And once again, my life changed as I learned first hand that acupuncture is not just sticking needles in people's bodies. It is a traditional form of treatment that has been successfully used for thousands of years. And today I became another acupuncture patient.
My wife made the appointment because of the pains in my hips, lower back and front, and legs, and feet. The visit included a hot-oil/hot and hot stones treatment to my back.
First, the young lady acupuncturist asked a number of questions regarding my current and former health. She even asked to see my tongue and check my pulse, saying my tongue color suggested I had a fatty liver, but my pulse suggested a strong heart. I suppose that's necessary information before being stuck with pins.
2-17-17 Update: I saw my primary care doctor yesterday just to make sure I'm covering all the bases. He checked me over and concluded that I probably have a pinched nerve that can repair itself with some rest and staying away from strenuous activity. He also gave me a hip shot to help with the pain and inflammation. I feel better already. But if it doesn't go away soon, I probably should see my back surgeon again. So for now, I'll just relax and see what happens. Actually, I'm sorta relieved that he didn't find something wrong with my internal organs. But he did have me do a urine test just to make sure. I should know the results next week. Aced the urine test.